Apple Acquires Transit Service HopStop to Further Improve its Maps App

Apple has acquired transit service HopStop.com to improve its mapping service, reports Bloomberg. News of the deal comes just hours after the reported purchase of Locationary, a company that focuses on location crowdsourcing.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) agreed to buy online transit-navigation service HopStop.com Inc., people with knowledge of the deal said, seeking to improve mapping tools after a rocky debut for its directions software last year.

Apple has confirmed the acquisition in a statement to AllThingsD, but declined to comment further: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

According to its website, HopStop, which also has an iOS app, is a service that is designed to offer detailed subway, bus, train, taxi, walking and biking directions to more than 600 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

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The service’s App Store description also notes that it provides HopStop Live! functionality that allows its users to communicate in real-time about stations, train lines, and buses, relaying potential delays and other pertinent information.

Apple's Maps app, which was introduced alongside the iPhone 5 after a move away from Google Maps, has been widely criticized for both its poor directions and its glaring lack of public transportation directions. Currently, the app redirects users to third party mapping applications when public transit routes are required.

As with its acquisition of Locationary, HopStop will allow Apple to strengthen its mapping services, incorporating accurate, real-time information on public transportation routes and improved walking/biking directions.

Top Rated Comments

bkushner Avatar
105 months ago
https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1611850

So they are just going to buy a bunch of companies and mash the data together. Worked out real well on launch, didn't it?

Apple just needs to let Apple Maps die. They are going to spend the next decade throwing away lots of money for a product that will never be as accurate as the competition.

License Google's data, eating whatever concessions they need to and put it into their own app.

Ummm, no.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleisking Avatar
105 months ago
https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1611850

So they are just going to buy a bunch of companies and mash the data together. Worked out real well on launch, didn't it?

Apple just needs to let Apple Maps die. They are going to spend the next decade throwing away lots of money for a product that will never be as accurate as the competition.

License Google's data, eating whatever concessions they need to and put it into their own app.

As if that's not exactly what google did? Maybe do a little research before you comment about stuff you don't know about.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pixelpro Avatar
105 months ago
Apple's heading in the right direction :)
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
105 months ago
https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1611850

So they are just going to buy a bunch of companies and mash the data together. Worked out real well on launch, didn't it?

Apple just needs to let Apple Maps die. They are going to spend the next decade throwing away lots of money for a product that will never be as accurate as the competition.

License Google's data, eating whatever concessions they need to and put it into their own app.
What ignorance. Apple isn't throwing away any money. They have already saved tons of money in license fees that don't get paid to Google anymore. Google still wants to sell its customers to the advertisers, so they have to make their own Google Maps available for free.

And maps don't stand still. The maps that Google has today will be worthless in four years time. Over the next four years, Google will have to pay out as much as Apple does to keep up with Apple. Worse for Google, they haven't only lost the platform already that makes the most money (iOS), they will lose the Macintosh market when Mavericks is released, and I bet Apple will make their maps available on Windows and Android as well.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kariya Avatar
105 months ago
In before Google fanboys coming to complain about Apple trying to improve its Mapping solution. Because how dare they :rolleyes:
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Defender2010 Avatar
105 months ago
Look forward seeing the result in next monday's iOS7 update...

I hardly think they work that quick!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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